One day in early 2008, my friend - let’s call her Jane, asked me if I want to go hiking in Chile with her. This was an unexpected proposition for me, possessing neither the clothing, the gear, nor the training for a proposed 5 day long hike through the Andes in southern Patagonia - the highlight of a 3 week long trip. Jane, you see, had read an article in a travel magazine about Patagonia many years ago that inspired her to want to go there one day. And with 3 weeks of vacation time accrued and a “big” vacation possibility on the horizon, I guess she decided that 2008 was it. All she needed was a hiking sidekick, capable of protecting her from danger, offering humorous commentary along the way, and a second set of eyes and ears during an unfamiliar experience. Me? I had been living with my parents for a year - in an attempt to save up enough money for a downpayment on my first home. This worked out well: I had a bit of downpayment fund money left over. I also had about 3 weeks of vacation time saved up at work.. and my parents are cool, but.. you know, after a while you just need to get away again.. And hiking wasn’t really my thing, nor was travel to far away places, but.. The stars seemed aligned for some adventure. Screw it, might as well go hiking in Chile with Jane. How often do you have a chance to do something random like that? And what’s the worst that could happen? The Patagonia trip was on. The trip that started it all. The journey to the end of the world. The above isn't a map of a part of Chile at all, as some of you might have noticed. This will all be explained later, as I post pictures from the trip in a chronological fashion, in a similar format as before. Feel free to chime in with questions and/or comments about anything posted. I will do my best to post pictures often and get through them as quickly as possible.. and there are far less pictures from this particular trip and less stories (it was 7 years ago, I remember less, had a worse camera, wasn't as experienced with picturetaking, etc.), but I am going to be going through pictures, videos, and notes one by one, so some of it may take some time, especially if I get tied up with other things in life. Either way though I hope you enjoy the thread! Thanks for reading.